• What is an International Driving Permit?

    An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a document that validates and translates your Australian driving licence for foreign countries.  

    It also conveniently functions as a form of I.D. when you’re overseas, so you don’t have to worry about lugging your passport around.  Your identification details are even communicated in nine different languages to make it easily legible in foreign countries.  

    RACV is the exclusive provider of International Driving Permits in Victoria.  It’s simple to apply, just fill in our online application and you’ll typically receive your IDP by post within 10 days. If you need an IDP in a hurry, head to your nearest RACV Retail Store where you’ll be issued with your permit instantly.   

  • Do I need an International Driving Permit?

    Check your destination here if you’re unsure whether the country you’re travelling to requires an International Driving Permit.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I apply for an International Driving Permit (IDP?)


Only RACV and constituent members of the AAA (Australian Automobile Association) are authorised to issue International Driving Permits. To obtain an IDP you can apply online or in person at your nearest RACV Retail Store.

Apply online:

Apply in person (for urgent applications):

  • Visit your nearest RACV Retail Stores
  • Bring your current Australian Drivers Licence
  • Provide a recent passport size and style photo*

*NOTE: Passport photos must be on photographic quality paper. Standard copy paper will not be accepted. Head shot cut outs from 'other' photos will not be accepted. IDP photos are available for purchase at selected RACV Retail Stores.

If you are already overseas:

If you are applying for or requesting the reissue of an International Driving Permit (IDP) from overseas:

  • you are also required to provide proof that you are not a resident in the country from which you are making the application (e.g. copy of Australian passport)
  • proof of travel plans to other countries (e.g. travel agent itinerary), and
  • the date of your return to Australia (e.g. Visa).

 

Why do I need an IDP?

 
  • International Driving Permits (IDPs), also known as international driving licences, entitle the holder to drive in all counteracting countries without further examination. Check the International Driving Permit requirements of your destination before you travel.
  • It is a requirement for renting a car in many countries. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal or civil offence and may have more serious consequences.
  • It can trigger an exclusion under your travel insurance policy if claiming for loss caused while driving a motor vehicle overseas.
  • It provides an additional form of photo ID if your passport is locked away in a safe place.
  • In most cases, your current Australian driving licence is not enough alone when driving in a foreign country. It must be complemented with an International Driving Permit.
  • A valid IDP permits you to drive in most foreign countries in case of an emergency under normal IDP conditions.

How does an IDP work?

 
  • Your IDP carries your identification details in nine languages (English, Spanish, Japanese, Greek, German, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, French) in case you need to communicate with foreign authorities.
  • It is valid for 12 months from the date of issue unless the holder's domestic driving licence expires or is revoked in the meantime. IDPs cannot be post-dated under any circumstances.
  • It is not a stand-alone document or substitute for a valid driving licence - it must be carried with your current domestic driving licence at all times.
  • It in no way diminishes the obligation of the holder to conform strictly to the laws and regulations of the countries you visit.
  • An International Driving Permit can only be issued to people over 18 years of age with a valid Australian licence (includes P-plate).
  • It cannot be issued to learner driver permit holders.

International driving tips

International driving requirements

Destination

Destination

International Driving Permit (IDP)

Side of road to drive

Argentina

Recommended

Right

Armenia

Required

Left

Austria

Required

Right

Bahrain

Required. For private vehicles provided it is endorsed by the Traffic & Licensing Directorate or a Bahraini car rental company on arrival (for 12 months).

Right

Belarus

Recommended

Right

Belgium

Required

Right

Bolivia

Required

Right

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Not required. However stays of more than six months require a certified translation of the National Licence into Bosnian.

Right

Brazil

Not required. National driving licence accompanied by an official translation (done by a sworn public translator or by an Embassy of Brazil) and a photo ID required.

Right

Bulgaria

Required

Right

Canada

Recommended for car hire

Right

Chile

Required

Right

Colombia

Required

Right

Costa Rica

Recommended

Right

Croatia

Recommended

Right

Cyprus

Recommended

Left

Czech Republic

Required

Right

Denmark

Recommended

Right

Ecuador

Recommended

Right

El Salvador

Recommended

Right

Estonia

Recommended

Right

Finland

Recommended

Right

France

Required

Right

Germany

Strongly recommended

Right

Greece

Required

Right

Hong Kong

Recommended

Left

Hungary

Not required

Right

Iceland

Recommended

Right

India

Required

Left

Indonesia

Recommended

Left

Iran

Required

Right

Ireland

Recommended

Left

Israel

Recommended

Right

Italy

Required or sworn Italian translation of Australian driving licence

Right

Jamaica

Required

Left

Japan

Required

Left

Jordan

Required

Right

Kenya

Recommended

Left

Korea

Required

Right

Kuwait

Required

Right

Latvia

Recommended

Right

Lebanon

Required

Right

Lithuania

Recommended

Right

Macedonia (FYROM)

Recommended

Right

Malaysia

Required

Left

Malta

Recommended

Left

Mexico

Recommended

Right

Moldavia

Not required

Right

Mozambique

Recommended

Left

Namibia

Recommended

Left

Netherlands

Not required

Right

New Zealand

Not required

Left

Norway

Not required

Right

Oman

Recommended

Right

Pakistan

Required

Left

Paraguay

Required

Right

Peru

Recommended

Right

Philippines

Recommended

Right

Poland

Required

Right

Portugal

Recommended

Right

Qatar

Recommended International Driving Permits (1949, 1968) for 15 days; local temporary driving Licence issued by Licensing Authority on presentation of national driving licence

Right

Romania

Required

Right

Russia

Recommended

Right

Saudi Arabia

Required

Right

Senegal

Recommended

Right

Serbia

Recommended

Right

Singapore

Recommended

Left

Slovenia

Required

Right

South Africa

Recommended

Left

Spain

Required

Right

Sri Lanka

Required

Left

Sweden

Not Required

Right

Switzerland

Recommended

Right

Thailand

Required

Left

The Slovak Republic

Recommended

Right

Trinidad and Tobago (West Indies)

Required

Left

Tunisia

Required

Right

Turkey

Required

Right

Uganda

Recommended

Left

Ukraine

Recommended

Right

United Arab Emirates

Required

Right

United Kingdom

Not Required

Left

United States of America

Recommended

Right

Yemen

Recommended

Right

Zimbabwe

Recommended

Left

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